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. they appear to be certainly of high caliber. >> reporter: holmes was armed with an assault weapon and two high caliber pistols. he surrendered without putting up a fight warning officers his apartment was bobby trapped with explosives. >> chemical elements and incendiary elements, linked together with wires. as a layman something i've never seen before. >> as the investigation continues at his apartment and theater holmes family in san diego has released a written statement which says in part our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved. the faces of those lost in the shooting are coming to light now. people like jessica ghawi, an aspiring sports kachter recently moved from san antonio, texas to denver. so many struggling like investigators here to understand how and why it happened. jay gray, nbc news, aurora, colorado. >> president obama and mitt romney both had campaign rallies scheduled for today. they appeared as not rallies only briefly and only to comment on the shooting. >> if there's anything to take way from this trage
24-year-old james holmes sat silently as a judge advised him of his rights and ordered he be held without bond on suspicion of first degree murder. holmes is accused of shooting and killing 12 people during a midnight screening of "the dark knight rises." 58 others were injured. this afternoon nine remain in critical condition. >>> good afternoon. i'm pat lawson muse. >> i'm jim rosen field in for jim hanley this afternoon. it was the first appearance for holmes since the deadly rampage. >> jay gray has more from the family members. >> you have a right to be represented by an attorney. >> reporter: these are the first public images since the attack, a picture of evil for so many watching, including the family members of the victims. >> he does look fairly, seems like demonic or something like that. >> reporter: the 24-year-old is accused of plotting for months and then carrying out a rampage wore a maroon jailhouse jumpsuit, haired dyed red and pink. >> i just want to see his face. >> reporter: he was disengaged, head bobbing back and forth, at times wide-eyed and fighting to keep
broke out during the midnight premier of the new batman movie. the suspect james holmes is in custody. authorities are searching his apartment locate ad few miles from the theater. they believe it is rigged with explosives and the search could take days. >>> police say the suspect was heavily armed last night when he barged into a crowded theater, hurling a gas canister and opening fire on the crowd. >> nbc's jay gray has the latest now. >> reporter: it was just after midnight when the "dark knight" quickly moved from fiction to reality. >> it sounded like madness. we were watching a scene of the movie. it was a shootout scene. guns were firing. a loud bang came from the right of the theater. smoke took over. >> reporter: witnesses say a man wearing a helmet, bullet proof vest, loaded with body armor and a gas mask burst through the exit door near the movie screen and tossed two canisters into the theater. >> it was a gas canister. got harder to breathe. then gun shots started. >> reporter: the gunman identified as 24-year-old james holmes fired one shot into the air then turned his w
diego native to start off with. james eagan holmes. he arrived apparently according to police after much planning. he was suited out from head to toe in tactical gear, carrying multiple weapons. imagine this. inside this state-of-the-art theater, this premiere movie, so many of the people in that theater had no other way of knowing that this wasn't somehow part of the presentation until it was clear the gas canister he fired off was real to suppress the crowd and the rounds coming from his weapons were real. our team is here assembled to cover this story. let's begin with what happened with nbc's miguel almaguer. >> 315 and 314 for a shooting at century theaters. >> reporter: the emergency calls flooded in as hundreds rushed out. >> i have people running out of the theater that have been shot. >> reporter: the victims soaked in blood, some carried out by family and friends. police say the gunman, 24-year-old neuro science graduate student james holmes wore body armor and was armed with an assault rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun and two glock hand guns. minutes into the batman movie he opened f
seen. >> our suspect's name is james eagan holmes. within roughly one minute to a minute and a half, police officers apprehended mr. holmes in the back of the theater. we are confident that he ancted alone. >> such evil is senseless. it is beyond reason. >> it is an absolute horror for all of those people who were in those theaters, and their families. our hearts go out to them. >> a dark night that will never be forgotten, and the search for answers to the tragedy in colorado. good evening. i'm ann curry here in aurora, colorado. a community reeling from that deadly shooting overnight in the theater just behind me. here are the latest numbers from police. 12 people were killed. 59 people were wounded. some of them remain in critical condition at this hour. we begin tonight with the very latest. tonight, it is not just aurora, colorado, in stunned disbelief, it is an entire nation. nearly 18 1/2 hours after the deadly rampage at this multiplex in suburban denver, police here are still trying to make some sense of a senseless act of violence. the alleged gunman is in custody. he's be
: good evening to you lester from aurora, colorado where the investigation into the suspect james holmes has taken several new turns but tonight this focus here in this field behind me where a vigil is being held is on the victims. 12 people killed, 58 more wounded. 24 remain in the hospital, nine of them in critical condition. tonight the president is mourning along with the families who suffered overwhelming loss. miguel, good evening. >> the president has arrived here in aurora to meet with first responders and the victims. the vigils here are growing larger as the community comes together. >> reporter: on a day of prayer and reflection a community torn apart by violence comes together. >> lots of us, maybe all of us, keep asking why. >> reporter: today they remember the victims. >> john larimer. >> eventually you get the spirit to move on but we'll never forget. >> reporter: in texas jessica ghawi's parents are grieving. >> no parent should go through that. >> reporter: as families mourn survivors struggle to make sense of the blood shed. >> there was nowhere to hide cht. >> reporter
shooting rampages in u.s. history. police say 24-year-old james holmes kicked open the theater's back door, tossed in smoke devices and came in shooting. he was dressed in black wearing a gas mask and body armor, armed with an assault rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and two glock handguns. ten were killed at the scene, two died later. steven burton is among the 58 injured. >> at the time i thought it was fireworks, then i got hit here and i realized it was sml much more serious. and people started screaming. there was a lot of chaos. >> at that moment i just remember thinking i'm not going to die in here. me and my kids, we're not going to die in here. i need to get them out. i need to get out. and all i could think was if i stand up, he's going to shoot because that's what he was doing. and i was just trying to think. >> reporter: a few miles away the suspect's apartment described by aurora officials as extensively booby-trapped, continues to be a focus of the investigation. with help of a robot officials are working on a plan to disarm what appears to be bottles connected with wires with possi
holmes had been stockpiling ammunition for months. tonight live team coverage of the violence that unfolded in that movie theater. darcy spencer has more on the victim, they're stories of heroism and heartbreak. we begin with jim gray, police wrapped up a news conference about an hour ago saying a delicate mission is still underway at this hour. jay? >> reporter: good evening. the movie theater behind me where the massacre took place still locked down by police tonight. tactical teams also searching the suspectal apartment despite explosives still inside looking for any clues, any evidence that might help to explain how and wipe this all happened. the investigation today is clearly centered on suspect james holmes' apartment where a bomb team initially worked through an intricate maze of wires. >> this apartment was designed, i say, based on everything i've seen, to kill whoever entered it. >> that could have been neighbor kaitlyn fonzie, who walked up to the door to explain about loud music playing inside about the same time holmes was allegedly terrorizing the packed theater
rampage will make his first court appearance in about 30 minutes. 24-year-old james holmes is accused of shooting 70 people at the packed midnight premier friday of the latest batman film. at least ten victims are still in the hospital this morning. aurora police say holmes planned the shooting for at least four months collecting weapons at both his workplace and his apartment. police say it could take months to determine a motive. >>> meanwhile, more than 10,000 people gathered in front of the movie theater to honor the victims. leann greg has the latest now from aurora, colorado. ♪ >> reporter: more than 10,000 people gathered in unity to honor the victims. >> millions of people are with us and helping to share our burden of grief at this moment. >> reporter: a sunday vigil to help heal. in all, 12 are among the dead. a 6-year-old girl, a navy sailor, an air force reservist, and two young men who died shielding their girlfriends from bullets. fathers, sons, daughters, each with lives cut short. the president addressed a grieving community and talked privately with families of the
, as friends and family of the alleged shooter, james holmes, asks how could he do such a thing? and as they search for clues in one of the nation's worse ever mass shootings, authorities are carefully trying to enter his booby-trapped apartment today, saturday, july 21st, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to a special edition of "today" on this saturday morning. good morning. i'm savannah guthrie here in aurora, colorado. lester is on assignment this morning in london, and jenna wolfe is back in studeio 1a in new york. jenna, good morning to you. >> savannah, good morning to you. it's now been 24 hours since the shooting. can you tell us a little bit about what the mood is like over there? >> jenna, this is a town that is in a shared heartbreak right now. people will just so stunned that another mass shooting could happen in the denver area, of course, 13 years after the shooting at nearby columbine high school, which is only about 50 miles from where we are right now. we want to bring you up to date on what we know this morning. 12 people have
details on how kay katy holmes orchestrated her split from tom cruise. >>> nash find as home in hollywood, a wild daid in nhl free agency. and you thing you ate a lot of hot dogs yesterday? think again. you're watching "early today." 4 >>> good morning and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry, and here are some of your top headlines this morning. a hughes report obtained by the "associated press" finds that countrywide got around the law and influenced members of congress. six current and former members of the house and senate who got discounted loans include both democrats and republicans. >>> in mexico election officials say they are recounting votes from more than half the ballot boxes used in the presidential election. inconsistencies were found in the vote tally. >>> palestinian officials have agreed to exhume the body of former president yasser arafat because of sbigs suspicions tha was poisoned. radioactive substances were found on his clothing following his death in 2004. >>> scientists in switzerland announced they've likely discovered the so-called god particle. collidi
might be hidden in the apartment. part of the james holmes mystery is becoming clear. how a clean-cut kid everyone called jimmy changed into a man with pink died hair was seen purchasing an assault rival weeks oog. william mckey was in the store. >> i had a feeling a guy like that shouldn't be buying that kind of a gun. he had a weird look about him. >> they found the apartment was booby-trapped as he had reportedly warned it was. a kcontrolled debt nation defeated the first of those triggers. triggers that could well have delivered even more tragedy beyond that three miles away. >> it was clearly set up to kill that person. >> reporter: as the day wore on, it was clear there was much to be done before investigators could safely enter the apartment. >> we saw tainers with accelerants and triggers wires and fuses. >> what changed james holmes? he had always been a gifted student and a soccer player, a teammate remembered hip. >> he was reserved, kept to himself, but at the same time he was a nice kid, very smart and quiet. >> but it was academics that propelled him. he earned a deg
time james holmes has been seen since his arrest. >> he does look fairly -- seems like demonic or something like that. >> his hair dyed bright red and pinch fitting reports he told police he was the joker after the massacre he was disengaged looking at times like he was struggling to stay awake. formal charges in the case will come next monday. prosecutors say the decision about the death penalty is months away and they'll discuss it with survivors and families of the victims. >> that's a very long process that impacts their lives for years so they will want to have and we will want to get their input before we make any decision. >> reporter: aurora's mayor says the shattered community must now figure out how to work through the tragedy emotionally. >> we've got to try to find a way to go on. if we let this guy win, then we've made a horrible mistake. >> reporter: that will be toughest for families of the deceased and 58 injured in more than 20 hospitals. her mom worries how it may affect her recovery when she learns the magnitude of the attack. >> she asked me the times whethe
holmes face to face. at times wild eyed and on edge, james holmes was before a judge, the fist time he has been seen publicly since the arrest. the face of evil for so many watching including family members of some of the victims. >> he seems demonic or something like that. >> reporter: his hair dyed bright red and pink, holmes was disengaged during the hearing, looking at times like he was struggling to stay awake. formal charges will come next monday. prosecutor says a decision about the death penalty is months away and they will discuss the issue with survivors and families of the victims. >> that is a very long process that impacts their lives for years. they will want to have and we will get their input before we make that decision. >> reporter: aurora's mayor says that the community has to figure out how to work through the tragedy emotionally. >> we have to find a way to go on. if we let this guy win, then we've made a horrible mistake. >> reporter: that will be toughest for families of the deceased and the 58 injured 20 still in hospitals including this 22-year-old, in and out
. >> and this is the ultimate celebrity split. >> it's like the escape from alcatraz. >> kie holmes versus tom cruise. what's behind it? >> so there's really almost a third person in that marriage? the third person being the church? >> absolutely. >> the church. >> i really like it. and i think it's really wonderful. >> or something else? josh menkowicz with inside details. >> that's something that tom cruise has never, ever encountered before. >> on the movie marriage that's gone way off script. >>> also tonight, they were at the end of their rope. something was wrong with their son. >> my child was broken. i just wanted it fixed. >> and when he was six, this was the fix. joey became josie. >> did you feel like you were trapped in the wrong body? >> yeah. >> how old do you think you were when you started feeling like that. >> always. i always knew. >> a transgender child. can it really happen to someone this young? >> you're talking about giving you hormones and doing blockers and all that kind of stuff. is that something that you want to do? >> yes. >> and are these parents doing the right thing? >> most
the 59 wounded and some are in critical condition. the suspect 24-year-old james holmes is in police custody. police say he was heavily armed when he surrendered outside the theater. a search is under way at his apartment. i want may be rigged with explosives. jay gray is in aurora with the latest. >> reporter: it was just after midnight when the "dark knight" quickly moved from fiction to reality. >> it sounded like madness. we were watching a scene of the movie. it was a shootout scene. guns were firing. a loud bang came from the right of the theater. smoke took over. >> reporter: witnesses say a man wearing a helmet, bullet proof vest, loaded with body armor and a gas mask burst through the exit door near the movie screen and tossed two canisters into the theater. >> it got harder to breathe. in less two seconds the gun shots started happening. >> reporter: the gunman identified as 24-year-old james holmes fired one shot into the air then turned his weapons on the crowd. >> he walks up the stairs and i hear gunshot after gunshot and women and children scream. it was terrifying. >>
holmes mailed the package here to the university of colorado medical center in aurora sometime before the attack. the package is said to contain detailed writings about, quote, killing people. it was holmes himself who told police where to find it. >> it's an important factor in assessing whether or not he was acting deliberately planning this and thoughtfully, one step after the next. >> reporter: investigators, who continue to search holmes apartment for clues, recovered the package in the mail room at the university monday. the package was addressed to a professor. >> people versus james holmes. >> reporter: holmes who appeared in court monday is in solitary confinement, where according to police officials he remains uncooperative. in washington today, the director of the counter-terrorism center told the house committee they believe holmes acted alone. >> while there's no suggestion that the shooting last week in colorado was connected to international terrorism, the attack is a tragic reminder that a lone, calculating shooter can inflict devastating damage. >> reporter: this afte
>>> bad behavior. james holmes, the suspect in the colorado mass shooting acting up in prison. why he is being forced to wear a mask and the new accounts for survivors who say the suspect stalked many victims like prey. good morning. i'm eun yang. >> i'm aaron gilchrist. we begin with a live look outside on a crisp and cool wednesday morning. 72 degrees outside our studios. a beautiful sunrise off in the distance as well this morning. not a bad way to see the weather this morning, tom. >> you don't usually associate the word crisp with july. >> exactly. but it is a fresh and cool morning. we had that wonderful change that did arrive overnight. look at these temperatures. down to 63 in gaithersburg, montgomery county. mid 60s much of fairfax county. upper 60s in arlington county. prince george's county in the mid to upper 60s. in the district of columbia now, the low 70s. upper 70s on the warm waters of the bay. shenandoah valley to the mountains, a few 60s. some spots in the mountains in the 50s this morning. quite a change from yesterday's heat and humidity. by 9:00, here's your d
holmes. >> reporter: his appearance was bizarre, disengaged, unsettling. the pink/orange hair atop the prison jump suit, lethargic movements, james holmes looking no one in the eye when his eyes were open and reacting in no visible way when the judge told him why he was being held without bond. >> the duty judge made a preliminary determination of probable cause to believe you committed the offense of first-degree murder. >> reporter: a death penalty case though the decision to seek death will only be made after prosecutors hear the victims' families want it. >> victims will be impacted by that decision in an enormous way for years if the death penalty is sought. >> reporter: this was a brief, procedural hearing, a gag order limiting the release of information about the case and the reading of the defendant's rights to holmes, himself. >> you have a right to remain silent. >> reporter: the investigation of holmes accelerated saturday when his booby trapped apartment was defused by a controlled detonation. before that, a robotic camera had recorded what was inside -- combat posters,
trapped apartment of the suspect james holmes. the investigation is pressing forward on all cylinders. local police helped by teches from the fbi and atf are pouring over the physical and documentary evidence, they continue to interview known associates of the suspect and have been in contact with 80 who called the tipline. we don't yet know the why. part of the james holmes mystery is coming clear of a clean cut middle class kid everyone called jimmy changed into a sullen 24-year-old man with dyed hair who police say was seen fitting a scope through an assault rifle in a local gun shop three weeks ago. william mckie was in the store. >> i had a weird feeling he was just a guy shouldn't be buying that type of gun. he had a kind of weird aura about him, i guess. >> reporter: bomb technicians found his apartment was booby trapped as he reportedly warned it was and used a controlled detonation to defeat the trip wires and incendiary devices that could have killed anyone entering. now, fbi agents could go in, photographing and collecting evidence and trucking away a cache of explosives to
the killing spree. detonating a stash of bombs pulled from holmes' apartment, a place that's the primary focus of an fbi evidence search team team searching for any clue to help them figure out how and why it happened. >>> police may let the people evacuated from holm's apartment building back inside today. a bomb team successfully executed what they are calling a controlled detonation of a triggering device. they found dozens of fireworks inside the apartment. investigators say the apartment was rigged to explode when anyone opened the door. holmes started playing loud music right before he left for the movie theater. a neighbor said she knocked on his door to complain. >> i definitely feel very lucky that i had an instinct or an impulse not to open that door. and it's very scary how close i came to doing that. >> this apartment was designed i say based on everything i have seen to kill whoever entered it. >> police took all the hazardous materials to an undisclosed location where they were detonated. right now, james holmes is being held in solitary confinement for his own protection. he is
the street from the theater. >> the suspected gunman james holmes will make his first court appearance this morning. >> in a matter of hours, holmes rented by a public defender will appear before a district judge for a hearing that is expected to be brief. the 24-year-old is accused of killing a dozen people and injuring scores more during a midnight premier of the latest batman film. right now we're learning more about the suspected shooter. police say the rampage was four months in the planning with holmes collecting weapons at home and at work. we're also hearing a batman mask was found inside holmes' apartment after booby traps were cleared. recently a gun range owner says he rejected an application from holmes after hearing his voice mail greeting which he described as, quote, freakish at best, end quote. right now the suspect is in solitary confinement and he's not talking. >> the most important thing is that we put this evidence together and assist the prosecutor in holding this person accountable. we will convict him. >> police say it could take months to determine a motive and
willing be back in courts today. james holmes will formally charged later this morning. news 4's angie goff is live with more. >> good morning to you, yoourn. hours away from hearing the formal charges against james holmes for the first time. the 24-year-old will be charged on the shooting spree that killed a dozen people and jirpd 58 others. holmes will likely face 12 counteds of first degree murder and numerous attempted first degree murder counts. the district attorney says her office is still months away on deciding whether to seek the death penalty. she wants input from victims and their families. at its first court appearance last week, holmes appeared out of it, very dazed and confused. legal experts say an insanity defense seems probable. as for details of the case, things have been airtight. but at today's hearing a chance for new information to emerge. holmes' lawyers are expected to ask that a notebook he sent to his psychiatrist before the shootings be turned over to the defense. the debate, whether that notebook, that reportedly details holmes' plan can be used in court as
to you. >>> today the suspect in the colorado movie theater shooting will be in court. james holmes will be formally charged in that shooting spree that killed a dozen people and injured 58 others. leanne greg is live in centennial, colorado, with more on today's hearing. leanne, good morning to you. >> good morning, eun. this will be his second court appearance. last week he was read his initial rights. today he will be formally charged with possibly hundreds of counts. a court documents indicate that he will be charged with 12 first degree murder t accounts. in addition to multiple attempted first degree murder accounts and many other charges, too, possibly in conjestion with the booby trapping of his apartment. the courtroom is expected to be packed. there will be extra security. no doubt some family members of the victims, perhaps the victims themselves. last week he seemed dazed and very unable to focus. so all eyes will be upon him again today to see his demeanor, to see how he acts in court. another issue that will be discussed is a package that holmes sent to his psychiatris
are straight ahead. >>> they may have a prenup but katie holmes has a divorce vickstry of tom cruise. >>> the bronx cheer for a yankee slugger. you're watching "early today." >>> good morning and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry and here are some of your top headlines today. russia promised not to sign new weapons contracts with syriaor deliver armed had been ordered. >>> government regulators say more than $200 million in customer funds appear to be missing from the accounts of u.s. futures broker pfg best. the company's founder tried to commit suicide outside its headquarters in cedar falls, iowa. >>> a federal judge tossed out cyclist lance armstrong's lawsuit aimed at moving ahead with charges that he used pornls enhancing drugs. >> an elaborate drug smuggling tunnel running more than 750 feet has been discovered under the border between mexico and arizona. the tunnel had electricity, ventilation, and even small cars to transport the drugs. >>> and when you make a mistake at work, how many people notice? well, in china, a work crew accidentally punched a hole in a sh
in colorado. federal agents tell nbc news that the suspect, james holmes told them where to find what could be important evidence in the case. holmes told investigators about a package that he sent to the university of colorado's medical campus in aurora. police found that package unopened in the mail room on monday. inside they found handwritten notes about killing people. as the investigation continues, so does the mourning. today the first funeral was held for the oldest victim in the shooting. 51-year-old gordon cowden was shot after taking his teenaged daughters to the movie. they both survived. >> the girls told us as they were leaving theater, that he was yelling after them, i love you. >> questions continue to swirl about what will happen to the crime scene. some say it should be torn down and replaced by a memorial. that building is locked down at least until friday. as for the suspect, holmes remains in jail in solitary confinement and refusing to cooperate with the police. >>> investigators are trying to figure out why a man drowned in a few feet of water. police identified the v
and katie holmes. >>> the nets make a huge trade and deja vu for the pirates. you're watching "early today." >>> good morning and welcome back to "early today." i'm veronica de la cruz, and here are some of your top headlines this morning. the rain league is calling on the opposition figures to unite as another 85 soldiers including a general and 14 officers defected across the boarder to tur kichlt and syrian president bashar ail ha sad says he regrets that they shot down a plane. >>> they tried to glabt the olympic flame as it was being cared. police were able to intervene and escort them away. >>> and in london, the geeld, sill version and bronze medals for the olympic games have been taken to the tower of london for safekeeping. the tower has been used for over 600uals to store the crowned jewels and it will hold the medals until the 2012 games in august. >> so which game consumes the most beer per person? a new beer institution on consumption found that residents in new hampshire drink more per capita than any other state followed by north dakota, montana, south dakota, and nevada. ut
: police say james holmes was wearing a gas mask when he burst through an exit door first tossing two smoke canisters and then opening fire. >> he was going up the stairs and shooting people at random. >> reporter: investigators say he had an assault rifle, a handgun and two glock pistols all purchased legally and through the internet he ordered more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition. >> he could have got off 50 to 60 rounds within one minute. and as far as we know it was a rapid pace of fire in that theater. >> i need officer on the east side -- >> reporter: chaos erupted victims scattered across theater and others scrambled to escape a scene that rattled even seasoned law enforcements. >> our cops went through a lot. as i told you this morning, they rushed people out of that theater into police cars. >> reporter: when it was over, 12 people were dead and 58 injured. >> he was unloading into the crowd. it seemed to me to be purposeful and methodical. >> reporter: holmes was captured behind theater and his hair was dyed bright orange and he told the officers he was the joker from the batman s
, but residence say it's a miracle that no one was killed. a live update at the top of the hour. >>> katy holmes and tom cruise have officially reached a settlement, bringing an end to their five-year marriage. holmes filed for divorce late last month. no details have been made public, but they issued a joint statement, saying they will work to do what's best for their daughter, suri. >>> president obama upping the ante today. instead of urging tax increases for americans -- he's aiming now for tax hikes. republicans say raising taxes will not put americans back to work and could further stall the economic recovery. >>> on wall street stocks extorted the new trading week on a negative but relatively flat note. and the s&p 500 ended with a two-point loss. >>> two months ago, a simple ziplining accident led to a medical nightmare that changed aimee copeland's life forts. she was infected with a flesh-eating bacteria. she's still recover. copeland just started rehab their, and her progress is remarkable. gabe gutierrez reports. >> reporter: for most people they're everyday tasks, for aimee copeland
, the suspect in the colorado shooting rampage will be in court. angie goff has more. >> holmes is due in court at 11:30 our time. the suspect and the public defender will go before a district judge. the hearing is expected to be brief. the 24-year-old is accused of killing a dozen people and injuring scores more during a midnight premier of the latest batman film. no charges are likely to be filed today. eventually several charges are expected. right now we're learning more about the suspected shooter. they say holmes stockpiled thousands of bullets and head-to-toe ballistic gear. we're hearing a batman gas was found inside his apartment after booby traps were cleared. aa voice mail greeting was described as freakish. right now the suspect is in solitary confinement, not cooperating with authorities. >> the most important thing is that we put this evidence together and assist the prosecutor in holding this person accountable. we will convict him. >> police are still trying to determine a motive, and although holmes's first court appearance is just hours away. it could be months before his case
showed a swastika on her forehead. >>> katie holmes has enrolled her daughter. and uri in a catholic school. and holmes was forced to say no to her daughter after her daughter saw a puppy. most mothers aren't caught by the paparazzi and she was taken out of the store in tears. >> i have a weakness in pet stores. >> i feel bad for the pets personally. >> you want to take them home. no, rescue pets are the way to go. i agree with you. >>> this comes to us from ktu channel 2 news in an corage, california, the long time mayor took power away from the people but they think he's. perfect for the job. the cat stubs pounced on the position after winning a write-in vote. he's also a hit amongst tourists. he made it in politics without having to claw his way to the top. >> i always love those stories, you know, that have pets for many, many years. you get to know them. you can walk in and they're friendly. >> he's the mayor. he's not a pet. he's the mayor. >> that's true. he's more than just the dog in the window. >> hence, my speechless reaction. >> he's in charge of the whole town. >> all 90
as they struggled to try to understand the killing spree and 24-year-old james holmes, the man police say is responsible. >> the source of the evil that took the lives. >> reporter: memorials are grow ing across the shattered city. so many searching for some way to honor the injured and remember the fallen. >> can't believe that something like this could happen in my community. and we needed to pay our respects. i just feel awful. >> reporter: there is little chantel blunt can do. forced to tell her children that their dad is never coming home. >> my son has his exact blue eyes so when i look at him -- when i see her smil i see him. >> reporter: and she will never see her great niece again. veronica moesher died. >> her whole life changed in a flash. >> reporter: federal agents continue to try to figure out how and why. investigators have finished gathering and processing evidence inside holmes' apartment. the police chief calls that a critical success. >> it was absolutely crucial there because of the superb work of the bomb teches, we preserved every ounce of evidence in there. >> repor
are learning more about what the suspected lone gunman in this attack, 24-year-old james holmes allegedly opened fire on the aurora theater shortly after midnight, but the biggest question, the motive. why? remains unanswered at this time. >> it was a shootout scene. there were guns firing and then a loud bang came from the right of the theater and smoke took over the entire theater. >> reporter: witnesses say they were minutes into "the dark knight rises" when a man walked into the theater. >> i saw a tear gas can fly over the audience. i was with two friends and i told them to get down and we got on the floor in front of our seats. >> reporter: hundreds scrambled to find their way out of the theater as the suspect allegedly went on a shooting rampage. holmes was just feet away from her. >> then he shot the ceiling and right after he shot the ceiling he pointed the gun right at me and that that point i dove into the aisle. >> reporter: at least 12 people are dead. 10 of them still inside the theater, two others died at area hospitals and at least 50 have been injured. the youngest being
artist but 24-year-old suspect james holmes so dazed and unengaged last week was alert and attentive as the judge told him he faced 142 separate felony charges. that includes two death penalty counts, one for first-degree murder after deliberation and a second for murder with extreme indifference for each of the 12 victims killed. >> these are two alternative ways of getting a first-degree murder guilty verdict. >> reporter: but some victims' relatives are already saying they don't want the death penalty. mary ellen hanson's niece ashley moser, still hospitalized, suffered a miscarriage saturday and is the mother of 6-year-old veronica moser sullivan the youngest victim killed. >> i do believe he should be probably just locked away and live with what he did every day of his life. >> reporter: unanswered in court questions involving university of colorado psychiatrist dr. lynn fenton. holmes, a former ph.d student there, was a psychiatric patient of dr. fenton who in 2005 was disciplined by a state medical board for inappropriately dispensing medications and for unprofessional conduct
details about the suspect. his lawyers revealing, james holmes was seeing a psychiatrist, even as police say he was plotting to commit mass murder. our report tonight from nbc's mike taibbi. >> reporter: one after the other, the victims shot dead for the simple reason that they chose to see a movie have been laid to rest. rebecca, a local mother of two in her own home town. >> rebecca was full of life and light. >> reporter: matt mcquinn buried in ohio. john layer more in illinois. >> my heart is breaking and i will miss him. >> reporter: a.j. remembered in aurora. jonathan to be buried. jessica brought home to san antonio. >> you don't know how long you have here. >> reporter: for the 58 victims who were shot but survived, including steven barton now back home in connecticut, these are days spent healing. >> i was holding on to my neck to staunch the bleeding. >> reporter: and reflecting on what brought them to this theater at just the wrong time. a theater whose owners are now offering to pay funeral expenses for those killed. for barton and boyhood pals, it was a bicycle trip to disco
and katie holmes among the most watched celebrity couples in this country announced today they've settled their case. they're walking away. they've formally agreed to end their five-year marriage. our report tonight from nbc's kristen dahlgren. >> reporter: the end of the marriage came as quickly as it started. >> have you ever felt this way before? >> reporter: tom cruise who once jumped on oprah's couch to announce his whirlwind romance today issued a joint statement with katie holmes asking for privacy and expressing respect for each other's commitment to each of our respective beliefs. >> i think when they make reference to each of our respective beliefs, they're really talking about scientology and the fact that katie was never very much onboard with tom's religion. >> reporter: cruise the world's most famous member of the controversial church of scientology. holmes was raised catholic and portrayed in the tabloids as a woman trapped in a controlling marriage. today she was spotted taking 6-year-old daughter suri to a museum and divorce experts say the split and settlement within two
discovered the suspect, james holmes, had rigged his apartment with explosives. >>> and this morning, we are learning more about another panic triggered by the suspected gunman this week. news4's melissa mollet live in our newsroom now. and melissa, we're talking about a package he put in the mail. >> that's right. agents say holmes told them where to find what could be key evidence in this case, a package he sent to the university of colorado. monday, a hazmat team went to the school's medical campus looking for this package that holmes told them he had sent to a psychiatrist there. inside the package, investigators found handwritten notes about killing people. the university confirms it received it on monday after the shooting. holmes withdrew from a neuroscience program there in early june. police say holmes received more than 50 packages at the school and at his home that apparently contained ammunition and explosive materials. his booby-trapped apartment was evacuated for days while authorities had to render it safe. holmes' defense team visited that apartment on wednesday, the same
shooting will face. prosecutors will lay out the evidence today against james holmes, a week after his first court appearance. news4's angie goff is following that story. >> good morning. in just a few hours we're going to hear the formal charges against james holmes for the very first time. he will be charged in the shooting free that killed a dozen people and injured 58 others. holmes will likely face 12 counts of first degree murder and numerous attempted first degree murder charges among others. the district attorney says her office is months away on whether to seek the death penalty. holmes appeared out of it, dazed, confused. legal experts say an insanity defense seems probable. so far this case has been airtight but at today's hearing a chance new details will surface. holmes' lawyers are expected to ask that a notebook he sent to the psychiatrist before the shootings be turned over to the defense. that notebook reportedly detailed holmes' plan. >>> also expected in court, several media outlets will ask the judge to unseal the case file. that includes documents on holmes' arrest
holmes' courtship and marriage. >>> and terrifying plunge. an acrobat slips and falls while attempting a daring high wire walk. but don't worry, as bad as it looks, he's doing fine today. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. the whole practice makes perfect doesn't apply when you're high wiring across large -- >> i was just saying that we don't have a net for what we do. >> which in many ways is exactly the same thing. >> the same thing. >> we're talking about the heat wave this morning. it's been brutal over the last couple of weeks, in some places even deadly, being blamed for 61 deaths. >> finally it is set to break in many places starting today. if you live out west, look out. we'll tell you more about that in a moment with the forecast. >>> then, is your computer a ticking time bomb? thousands of people might not be able to get on the internet starting tomorrow because of a virus lurking in the computers. coming up, we're going to tell you what you can do to protect yo
's the question james holmes is reportedly jail >>> welcome back. another victim will be laid to rest today. navy intelligence officer john larmer was one of the 12 dmild last friday's shooting rampage. he died while shielding his girlfriend from gunfire. this morning 12 people are still in the hospital. five of them are in critical condition. meantime, the accused gunman james holmes claims he has amnesia. according to the "new york daily news" holmes claims to not know why he's behind bars. holmes will be formally charged on monday. police say it could take months to find a motif for the shooting. >>> george zimmerman's parents are turning to the internet to defend their son. robert and gladys zimmerman created a website and say their son has been portrayed unfairly in the media. they deny claims zimmerman is racist. they cannot discuss details of his case. he is charged with murder in the death of trayvon martin. >>> jerry sandusky's wife says she is standing by herman. dottie sandusky told reporters in bellefonte, pennsylvania, yesterday, quote, i still love my husband. he's not who they say
charges of a man accused of opening fire in a crowded movie theater. james holmes was officially charged in colorado today in the attack that leave 12 people dead. witnesses say he has a much different demeanor today than in court just one week ago. jay gray is outside the courthouse in centennial, colorado now. >> reporter: jim, you're absolutely right. a short hearing today, but it did in fact provide some insight in how prosecutors plan to move forward. even though cameras are barred, we have getting insight into the man accused. the red dyed hair looks to be growing out. he was clearly more alert and responsive. 24 counts of first-degree murder, 116 attempted first-degree murder charges, two counts for each victim, shooting after deliberation and an attitude of universal malice, manifesting extreme indifference. lives like veronica, the 6-year-old killed during. her mom was paralyzed and suffered a miscarriage after the attack. >> it was important to come and see him, who he was, and there was a lot of anger. >> reporter: dozens of family members and several survivors of the
. the descend that left three children dead. >>> plus new details about katy holmes, who helped orchestrate her split from crews. >>> and how panda fans in glue tyshawn's facts -- starting next month he'll have a live web cam. on tuesday, fans will be able to watch his birthday party. for each person who likes or shares the live stream, $1 will be -- he was born here at national zoo, moved to china back in 2010. for a link to his web cam -- he has his own web cam, how cool is that -- visit nbcwashington.com. >>> and an international following. what a guy. the fourth of july will be on friday the 13th. the city leaders have rescheduled the fireworks show that was postponed because of the storm cleanup. >> it's going to be a lucky day. this new show will be at the montgomery county fairgrounds featuring like music, food, doors opening at 5:30. the fireworks display starts at -- there were some really good ones last night. >>> the heat is on. >> definitely on. we hit 100 today officially. we need some thunderstorms to come in, but some may come and be quite strong. how much longer the heat lasts.
inside that movieplex last week and the alleged shooter's behavior as he fired at people. james holmes is being held in solitaire confinement now wearing a black plastic face mask to prevent him from spitting at guards. at one point holmes was walking up the aisle of the theater targeting specific people, asking them questions like what are you doing? telling them to stand up and then shooting. his apartment was extensively wired with explosives. the building has been closed. in the wake of the shooting, applications for gun permits have been surging. they jumped 40% in colorado alone. the first funeral services will be held on friday. holmes will be back in court on monday but a trial could still be a year away. no word on a motive. melissa mollet, news 4. >>> d.c. comics is asking retailers to delay sales of a new batman comic book for one month. a company spokesperson says the comic contains content that may be per received as insensitive in light of recent events. >>> in about two weeks it may be easier to carry a gun in maryland. a federal judge ruled on monday that the state will
yesterday. they were forced to evacuate when officers discovered the suspect, james holmes, had rigged his apartment with explosives. holmes created another scare earlier this week with the revelation that he made to police. news4's melissa mollet live in our newsroom with more on that. good morning. >> good morning. agents say holmes told them where to find what could be key evidence in the case, a package he sent, he said, to the university of colorado, but the school says the package arrived in their medical school mailroom on monday and they immediately turned it over to authorities. inside that package, investigators found handwritten notes about killing people. there were also reports that it contained drawings of stick figures being shot, a written description of an upcoming attack and that the package was addressed to a psychiatrist at the school. holmes withdrew from a neuroscience program there in early june. now, the school denies reports that the package had been sitting in the mail room unopened since july 12th, days before the attack. police say holmes received more than 15 p
>>> tonight on "rock center" -- breaking away. katie holmes may have managed a swift exit from the orbit of scientology, but former insiders tell kate snow that when some members try to leave the church can play rough. >> we had a whole drill that involved up to two dozen people to hunt down and find the person, confront them, and persuade them to return. >> reporter: he's a former senior scientologist who claims the church uses extreme measures against people like him. >> come on, marty. do you have anything to say? >> this sounds like movie stuff. i'm sorry, marty, this sounds too complicated to believe. >> i mean, i don't know what to tell you. can you handle the truth? >>> also tonight, richard engel with a view we have never seen before of the uprising inside syria. he made the trip with a rebel commander fighting to liberate his hometown. >> it's 4:00 a.m. and ali baklan is saying good-bye to his parents, possibly for the last time. he's on the front line of a surprising new syria few outsiders have glimpsed. he says, "the regime controls only where it keeps its tanks. th
. >> some shouting now. >> james holmes' apartment, we know he had loud music playing. we've heard maybe it was on a timer set to play around midnight. the question i have, is did he start playing loud techno music to draw a cop call and therefore set off all the booby traps there were laid out? >> i understand the theory, but we can't possibly know what he intended to do right now. i've been told by the bomb experts that had someone opened the door, it would have triggered the device and would have killed or severely injured who opened the door and would have started a very big fire. that would have been a big challenge for our fire department. >> if that happened before the theater incident, that could have diverted a lot of your resources? >> potentially, yes. two simultaneous crises at once. >> this area has been through three major shootings in the last 13 years. >> this law enforcement community and the larger community, was shaped by columbine in a way that i'm not sure people realize around the rest of the country. we practice and practice and situations. we were all ready and vi
murder. james holmes is facing 142 counts in that rampage that left 12 people dead. prosecutors will ask survivors and relatives for input on whether to seek the death penalty against holmes. >>> since that shooting erupted during a screening of "the dark knight rises" our local batman is no longer allowed to make visits to sick kids. he dresses up in a bat man and drives around in his bat mobile while trying to lift the spirits of sick children. a hospital in chicago said it could upset kids and their parents. a spokeswoman says that other hospitals have stopped visits. >>> precious moments wasted and you might be to blame. there is an increase in distracted drivers. we hopped on board fire trucks with cameras rolling to see the problem through their eyes. tisha thompson shows us the wild ride. >> reporter: when the call comes every minute counts. a woman and a baby stuck in an elevator. two cars on fire from downed power lines. but sometimes the battle is just getting to the emergency. >> getting worse with more congestion it's worse. distracted or confused drivers in the way. >> we se
of tom cruise and katie holmes high profile split. they reached a settlement two weeks after holmes filed for divorce. they have a 6-year-old daughter, suri. they saidly they will do what is best for her. many believe that cruise's religion may have led to the mr. >>> a d.c. worn has a warning for neighbors. she says that she spotted a coyote in her cleveland park neighborhood last night. she says it ran into the woods near 39th and rodman streets. coyotes have been seen occasionally there over the past eight years. >> i was surprised. i've never seen one and i lived here four and a half years. i decided to e-mail the neighbors just in case they have small pets. they don't want them to be lunch. >> the park service says that coyotes may attack small unleashed pets but don't typically confront people. >>> people are upset about another attack on a horse in fairfax county. someone climbed into a paddock and stabbed lucinda the horse over the weekend. in april lucinda and another horse were attacked. lucinda provides therapeutic rides for disabled children. >>> a ten-year-old in tekxas ha ea
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